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“The milk of sorrow”… behind female suffering

Considered one of the revelations of the new wave of contemporary Latin American cinema, the 2009 Peruvian work will be screened in Newcastle on 3 July as part of the city’s “Vamos Festival”.

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Fausta suffers from a disease transmitted to her by her mother’s breast milk.

Her mother contracted the illness after being raped and abused during the terrorist reign of the Shining Path, the brutal Maoist organisation active in Peru in the 1980s.

As a result of the abuse, the ‘fear disease’ was passed on to Fausta and only intensified after the death of her mother.

Fausta’s life is plagued by the loneliness and fears that trouble all the Latin American women who experienced what her mother went through, and she continues to live in terror of men as a result of her illness.

It is under these auspices that “The Milk of Sorrow” begins. Directed by Peruvian Claudia Llosa, the film picks apart the fears of all the women who were victims of the political violence in Peru in the last two decades of the twentieth century.

Starring Peruvian actress Magaly Solier, the film blends elements of magic with the stark reality of Latin American women embodied by Fausta.

As the film unfolds, the audience will be left reeling as her disease leads her to act in surprising and unexpected ways in order to defend herself.

The film won the Golden Bear and Fipresci prizes at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and is considered an outstanding example of contemporary Latin American cinema.

The screening takes place on 3 July at 6pm at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle.

For more information please go to www.vamosfestival.com/programme/2012/la-teta-asustada.

(Translated by Rachel Eadie)

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